February 3, 2013

We made it.

Dad & me, Oregon coast 2013

We made it to our new house just as the sun was setting Thursday night. I documented much of the way here. The drive into Oregon was fascinating. I had no idea. So much to see, so much beauty.

I love the house. We are staying at a hotel literally a few steps down the street closer to the ocean until our furniture arrives on Tuesday. From my backyard you can see the ocean through the trees. From anywhere outside (and sometimes in) you can hear it. Sometimes it's a loud roar. All times it's amazing. 

Friday we kind of got some affairs in order- visited the kids' schools, bought a washer & dryer, set up Internet and phone and such. Saturday we found a new favorite breakfast spot and walked around our little downtown area, then we did a little sightseeing to show my dad the sea lions and more of the coast, and we were off to Eugene for the night so I could take him to the airport early this morning.

I started crying just before bed annnnd pretty much didn't stop until earlier today. It was so hard to see him off. I stayed along the gates at security until he had to go all the way through. The concerned look in the airport parking lot attendant's eyes just made me cry more. But I'm okay now and he did great and is already back home safe.  It is just really final, and official. I am here. 


38 comments:

  1. Hope you love your new place!!!
    John and I LOVE Bandon!

    Mary

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  2. Welcome! :) The roar is amazing. I would miss it if I lived anywhere else.

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  3. Oh, hon. I teared up. First at the picture of you and your dad and then at your story. Dads are the best, even when we're grown ups and now that he left it's all really here, isn't it? Big and powerful, all of it. Enjoy the roar and the hiss and the view from the backyard. Call whenever you need to. xo

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  4. Bittersweet. Joy & sorrow. An adventure defined. Enjoy the moment.

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  5. Sounds spectacular! When I first moved away I kept southwest flights for every month just in case. Then one day I just forgot to set them up.... Amy TLaD

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  6. Praying for you tonight, Steph. It's never easy. But it's usually worth it. There is no new beginning without some goodbye.

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  7. Praying for you! Such an exciting but difficult change! Being by the water will definitely make it easier, I hope!

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  8. I remember flying out of California the first time I moved away from home. Two babes in the seats next to me, and I felt like such a babe myself--growing wings of my own. Just to say I've been there.

    Also, I can't help but think of the barn cat house. And how you felt in your bones that something was ripe, that it was time to grow on. Oregon was probably furthest from your mind. God is so awesome like that, isn't He?

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  9. You'll always be Daddy's Girl - no matter how far apart you are!! Isn't it funny how your parents can always make you feel like a kid again? (sometimes in a good way, and sometimes in a bad way!) What a great adventure awaits you and your family!

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  10. Best of luck in your new place!

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  11. I haven't been able to keep up with your travels except briefly on facebook. Can't wait to go back and read about the whole adventure. You look so happy here. Glad your dad was able to join you on the journey. What a blessing.

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  12. Sending so much love to your in your new home! :)

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  13. Welcome to the pnw. I so remember the feeling if being so far from home. Praying this becomes home soon!!!

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  14. You have definitely had many adventures lately!! Praying you all settle in soon...and smoothly!

    My husband will be near you in a few weeks for a dunes trip that our church does every year!

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  15. Great picture of you and your dad. You will always be daddy's little girl. We are all so thankful he was able to make the trip with you and make all the memories. We are just a phone call, test or skype away...no matter the hour of the day or night. We are so happy and proud for you. Love you.

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  16. Nothing better than a fantastic daddy.

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  17. Wow, Steph. What a huge step for you and your family. So exciting but I am sure it's bittersweet. You're so blessed to have such a wonderful dad. :-)

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  18. I just wish I could give you a big hug. What an exciting, yet bittersweet adventure you're in the midst of experiencing. I really enjoyed your updates as you traveled and am excited to see what good things you discover on the Oregon coast.

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  19. So glad to hear you made it. Safe and sound. What an amazing place to start a new chapter in life! Blessings to you.

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  20. Welcome to Oregon! It really is an amazing place.

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  21. So glad you all are home and safe together.

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  22. Oh Steph, your post made me tear up! Thank goodness for technology. What a year you have had... amazing steps that just keep going up. Proud of you and your family. I'm excited to see you document your new place to live. ((HUGS))

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  23. Yay! Proud of you:) That's a big move.

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  24. Oh this made me cry. I know you will have a wonderful experience living there but it is hard to say goodbye to family. Thinking of you all as you get settled...

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  25. Hugs. This is a huge move right on the back of another big move. I'm sure its going to be wonderful, but its hard. Good luck!

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  26. Your new home sounds amazing! So close to the ocean- what a dream! But I know that even living in the most wonderful of places, being far from family is just plain hard. hugs to you...

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  27. Oh my goodness . . . I haven't been here in so long . . . did you just move to Oregon?? What a huge, wonderful, exciting journey!! We're practically neighbors :) But oh, how I understand the sadness of moving away. Not being near family. I can't wait to read more about your adventures!

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  28. Praying for you as you begin this exciting chapter in your family's life. Blessings to you and yours!

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  29. Hooray! Welcome to Oregon. Sending love to you and yours as you settle in. xo

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  30. Glad you're here. But, oh my heart aches for the part that includes the distance between you guys. That part never gets easier. Well, I guess it gets easier if you have relatives who are a pain. ;) But for those family members who get you and love you and you love them, well, that part stays hard. It's a good thing the ocean is distracting. And that video chatting exists. And that Heaven exists. My grandpa and I had a chat about that last part on our latest goodbye this fall.

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  31. Oh, I am so happy you arrived, but also remember that same ache in my heart when I moved away from my family. In the same breath of understanding how much that hurts, I also know what it did for our marriage and our family. We only had each other to rely upon in a new land and it brought focus to our steps... bringing our steps together. I will be praying for you, sweetie! xoxo

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  32. Glad you are safe. I remember one of your posts about needing a view and now what a beautiful one you have. I cried at this post also because I remember leaving my parents to move 5 times and it never got easier. The thing I always forgot to remember is that nothing is forever and you NEVER know what God has planned. After 5 moves I ended up right back home. Hugs! Michelle

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  33. At night when I am in bed with my eyes closed trying to sleep I think, "I need to email Steph." This has been going on for a few weeks. I've watched this whole thing unfold and it's pretty amazing. Thinking back on your many photos of kids playing in the lake and now you have the sea. Pretty amazing.

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  34. I am incredibly envious of your ocean sounds. I have lived in Texas all my life and I love it (East and North Texas) but I also have a place in my heart that longs for the ocean.

    And I absolutely teared up at the end of your post. What a gift to have your dad with you to see you on your way to this new stage in life.

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